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  • Jan3Sun

    God's Constant and Steady Star

    January 3, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Epiphany Sermon

    Matthew 2:1-12

     

    At my previous church in Toronto, there was a small glass tile cross, back lit by the sun behind the altar. There wasn’t anything fancy about the cross, as the church had more of a quaint cottage like feel. It wasn’t ornate stained glass but it let in the light.  As the faithful made their...

  • Dec27Sun

    Simeon, honoured

    A sermon for the first Sunday of Christmas December 27, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    My homework for you this week is this:

    Think of one or two people who helped your parents raise you.

    Think about them, how they assisted your parents when you were young, and give God a prayer of thanks and gratitude for them this week.

  • Dec25Fri

    God's Holy Interruptions Reveal the Brilliance of Life

    December 25, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Christmas Day Sermon

    Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3: 4-7, Luke 2: 1-20 


    Introduction

    For many of us, Christmas is a time of tradition. Growing up and for the first 30 years of my life, I had the same Christmas traditions each year. I knew what I was doing and who I was doing it with.  Visiting with each side of the family on...

  • Dec24Thu

    Is Christmas Cancelled?

    A sermon for Christmas Eve 2020 December 24, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    And yet, in the midst of the fear, we hear the words of the angel

    To those on their knees:

    “do not be afraid!”

  • Come to me!

    A reflection for the Longest Night Service, Dec 21 2020 December 22, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    When you’re young, you’re aware of the presence of loved ones at Christmas.

    And when you’re old, you’re aware of the absence of loved ones at Christmas.

    That’s a big difference.

  • Dec20Sun

    Mary Brave and Strong

    December 20, 2020

    Fourth Sunday of Advent 
    Luke 1         
    Scripture Meditation on Mary's Song of Praise  ( https: youtu.be oAq-c6nrcYY )

     
    Mary of the Gospel 

    Today we hear both the Annunciation and the Magnificat, strangely in reverse order.

    The annunciation story - does just that - it announces that Mary will have a...

  • Dec13Sun

    Virtual Christmas Pageant: The Letter

    December 13, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey
    St. Matthews 2020 Virtual Christmas Pageant Presents: 

    The Letter.  (Written by Lana Moses)

    An Intergeneration Event of Story, Poetry and Song

    Listen Here:

    https://youtu.be/0SN2qo3uE6Q.
  • Dec6Sun

    Comfort ye

    A sermon for a COVID Advent December 6, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Through this year, and into the new year, 

    we need to cling fast to the promises that Israel clung to,

    The covenant, the contractual relationship between God and God’s people.

    God will not abandon us and God does not abandon us.

    God promises comfort, and comfort will come.

  • Dec1Tue

    Prepare Slower

    A reflection on Advent 1 upon playing Bach's "Sleepers Wake" Cantata December 1, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    This Advent 2020, we need to set aside our previous preparations, 

    our preconceived notions, our busyness and more than ever, 

    try to slow down, so we can connect with each other, 

    hear each other 

    and help each other.

  • Nov23Mon

    Following Christ as Shepherd and King

    A sermon for the Reign of Christ 2020 November 23, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    In those passages.

    irresponsible leadership is contrasted with 

    God (the good shepherd) as leader.

    God the good shepherd, we are reminded

    is a good leader active here and now.

    God is active in the world!!

    Amidst the worries and concerns of this Second COVID Wave.

    God cares for humanity